Posts Tagged ‘PowerLift’

JR Clancy in control at Zayed University

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

UAE – When the 1,000-seat theatre opened on the new Abu Dhabi campus of Zayed University in December 2011, the theatre’s advanced technology included motorized rigging and controls provided by JR Clancy.

Zayed’snew campus has space for up to 6,000 students – a dramatic increase over the 200 students enrolled when the university opened in 1998. The new theatre is part of a convention centre designed to involve the broader community of Abu Dhabi in performances and events on campus.

JR Clancy worked in partnership with the UAE team of J & C Joel to provide a combination of 20 counterweight rigging sets and 24 PowerLift motorised rigging sets. This system gives the new theatre plenty of capacity for raising and lowering scenery, lights, curtains, and an orchestra shell.

“The blend of manual and motorised rigging gives technical theatre students the opportunity to learn to operate both kinds of rigging, so they will be ready for whatever rigging they encounter in professional theatre situations,” noted Charles Shatzkin, international sales manager for J. R. Clancy.

Twelve variable-speed PowerLift units with a capacity of 1,200 pounds each will be used primarily for scenery. Additional variable-speed units, each with a2,000-pound capacity, will raise and lower the electrics battens. Four double-purchase PowerLifts – making their capacity 4,000 pounds each – are used to raise and lower the four 2,075-pound sections of the Wenger orchestra ceiling.

Clancy also worked closely with stage lift manufacturer Serapid Inc. who supplied the motors for four stage lifts and an orchestra pit lift. Thirteen motors raise and lower these lifts and an accompanying set of masking panel actuators, at speeds of 0.001 to 0.1meters/second.

With so many elements in motion, Zayed needed a top-of-the-line computerized controller-and Clancy’s SceneControl500 automated control system was chosen.

“Zayed University is a centre of excellence, and this new theatre truly illustrates its focus on innovation, inspiration and education,” said Shatzkin. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the team at J&C Joel to create this exciting new space for the students and the Abu Dhabi community.”

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JR Clancy sets the pace in Parker

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

With the opening of the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Centre (PACE) in Parker, Colo. late in 2011, audiences looked forward to an exciting season of more than 60 performances of 28 different shows.

The inaugural season includes productions of A Christmas Story and Annie, the premier of an original musical, a custom light show created by Luma, the Irish dance troupe direct from Ireland-Celtic Nights, and an interpreted production of Stuart Little for hearing and deaf audiences.

The new facility’s 536-seat theatre – one of two performance spaces in the extensive centre – can host this diverse series of events because of the easy-to-use automated rigging system provided by J. R. Clancy, Inc., and installed by Barbizon Light of the Rockies. Barbizon’s Rick Loudenburg was on the design team as the theatrical rigging and lighting integrator with Semple Brown Design Architects, David L Adams and Associates and Shaw Construction.

The new theatre features 14 Clancy PowerLift automated hoists, including eight variable-speed and six fixed-speed hoists.

Clancy’s popular Altus digital controller was the system of choice for the project. Designed for mid-level backstage rigging systems with up to 48 hoists, Altus allows operators to create up to 200 cues with different speeds and targets for each hoist. In addition to the PowerLifts, Altus will control the H&H 462 draw curtain machine on the front curtain.

“We originally planned to go with a more expensive controller, but Altus was introduced while we were designing the system,” said Dan Obenhaus, senior project manager for Barbizon Light. “Altus did everything we needed, it was easy to use, and it brought the price of the project down. It was good for everyone.”

“We love the rigging system,” said Shaun Albrechtson, technical director at PACE. “It’s very versatile and easy to use. We really enjoy that we don’t have to worry so much about weights. It’s freed us up from the mundane aspects of the standard rigging system. The safety features alone are phenomenal-it has everything calculated through the computer, and everything operating smoothly is just a comforting feeling.”

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JR Clancy supplies Arkansas community college

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

University of Arkansas Community College in Hope has selected JR Clancy as the rigging equipment manufacturer for its new auditorium and conference centre Hempstead Hall.

The firm will supply six Powerlift automated hoists, to be installed by general contractor Pook, Diemont and Ohl, that will control the cyclorama, electrics and utility battens.

These in turn will be controlled using JR Clancy’s SureTarget 10 control system, a wall-mounted console capable of controlling the movement of up to 10 hoists, and featuring a touch-screen display.

Constructed using industrial grade components more commonly associated with elevators and critical lift applications; the unit will provide precision position control for the 2000lb lifting capacity hoists that will travel at cross-speeds of 20ft per minute.

Construction of the new 50,000 sq ft facility at the community college will also include an expandable exterior amphitheatre, in addition to the 1600-seat auditorium and convention area.

Hempstead Hall will be finished by November this year, while the remainder of the project is scheduled for completion in January 2012.

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Stage lifting firms set for PLASA

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Entertainment riggers JR Clancy and Hoist UK will showcase a new partnership at next month’s PLASA show, which takes place at London’s Earls Court from 12-15 September.

The distribution and partnership agreement is designed to offer clients a complete project solution. Hoist UK aims to integrate products from each partner’s field and equipment range through a single dealer source, thus reducing the time and money spent by organisations on managing multiple suppliers.

Tony Dickson, co-founder of Hoist UK, which is a distributor for the complete range of Verlinde industrial and entertainment lifting equipment, said: “The Best of All Worlds partnership offered by Hoist UK gives customers the opportunity to find products from industry brand leaders that are seamlessly designed, conceived, manufactured and delivered with one call.”

Hoists and lifting equipment firm Verlinde SA and motion control systems supplier Niscon Inc. complete the “Best of All Worlds” partnership.

PLASA visitors will get to see JR Clancy’s popular PowerLift automated hoist that has been installed in theatres and concert halls across Europe and America.

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